Police and Fire Training Facility
The City Council has called an election for Nov. 5 for the issuance of tax bonds for City public safety, park and recreational, and library purposes. The estimated costs, proposed locations, proposed projects and proposed descriptions below represent possible uses of such bond proceeds. The actual projects constructed with bond proceeds are subject to change based on future economic, market and other conditions.
Round Rock Police officers training at Fort Hood.
The City could use $27.4 million in bond proceeds from this proposition to build a public safety training facility
(PDF) to be used by the Fire Department and Police Department.
The facility is proposed to be built at property already owned by the City, behind the Police Department headquarters on North Mays Street. When the City purchased the 72 acres, the back section of the property was envisioned for a future training facility because some of it lies within a flood plain.
Round Rock police officers and firefighters currently travel outside of the City to train at specialized facilities. Both departments emphasize training, especially for activities that are high-risk and low-frequency (such as active shooters and swift water rescue) and high risk-high frequency (such as traffic stops and emergency driving).
Round Rock Firefighters at the Plugerville training facility.
Among the proposed elements the training facility could provide for police include a high speed driving course, firearms range and an urban training area where officers can practice searching buildings of all types.
Among the proposed elements the facility could provide for firefighters is an emergency driving course, structures that simulate fires in homes and businesses, technical rescue (swift water rescue, trench, confined space and high angle), and hazardous materials response.
The proposed facility could also include administrative and classroom space to be used by the two departments.
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